A hospital that is sick

Published : 10:21 am  November 17, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (424) reads | 

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BY INDIKA MAONJ COORY AND KUSAL CHAMATH

Patients who obtain treatment at the Lunawa Hospital in Moratuwa face hardship due to many shortcomings that had been ignored by the authorities for several years. They said that the shortage of drugs seriously affected the patients many of whom were from low-income families. They said about 1000 patients, both the OPD patients and in-house patients, are affected by the shortcomings. A resident of Koralawella Samson Costa (55) said majority of the people, who sought treatment at the Lunawa Hospital were from low income families and fisher folk, who were not in a position to bear the heavy expenses of drugs. However, he said that shortage of drugs and medical equipment was beyond the control of the doctors, who could only provide treatment to the patients. He said it was the responsibility of the Health Ministry to look into the shortage of medical supplies. Meanwhile, the hospital mortuary has been closed for about two years for want of repairs and maintenance much to the inconvenience of the relatives of deceased in case of a postmortem examination or taking over the bodies. Hospital employees said the mortuary had been closed for more than two years due to the breakdown of air conditioners and other equipment. Several individuals, who faced hardship pointed out that the hospital administration would refer the bodies to Kalubowila and Panadura hospitals, compelling them to undergo a long procedure to get the bodies released, particularly in case of postmortem examination. Residents requested the hospital administration to take up the issue with the relevant authorities.